$1M Powerball ticket sold at Searsport store

Kamaljeet Kaur with her husband Gurinder Singh owners of the Handy Variety store thought they sold the jackpot winning ticket only to be told the lotto made a mistake 

The owner of the gas station chain that sold the winning ticket for the largest jackpot won by a single ticket in USA history said they would donate the prize the store will receive to charity.

"We hope that they share it properly, also, because there's a lot of needs in this area", Bob Bolduc, owner of the chain of Pride stores, told reporters outside the location where the ticket was sold.

The Massachusetts State Lottery had announced around 2:30 a.m. Thursday that Handy Variety in Watertown, near Boston, had sold the winning ticket.

Wanczyk, 53, was a long-term health care employee with Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

"I had a pipe dream, and my pipe dream has finally come true, I wanted to retire and it came early!" she said. Two were computer-generated Powerball tickets, and three used numbers that she chose. However, a larger prize attracts more players and that means more number combinations are selected, so the probability increases that one or more people will buy winning tickets. The winning numbers are 6, 7, 16, 23, and 26, and the Powerball number is 4.

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Bolduc told members of the press that he expects an uptick in lottery sales in his chain of stores because of the amount of winning tickets they have sold in the a year ago. Sweeney issued an apology for the confusion created by the error, but said lottery staff remained thrilled that a jackpot winning ticket and two $1 million winning tickets were sold in MA - one of those at the Watertown location.

The Massachusetts store that sold the lone winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot said Thursday that it plans to donate its bonus to charity. He said the Chicopee store will receive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket, he said.

The odds of winning are only one in 292 million. Around 10 million other lottery tickets won the prizes of more than $135 million.

With drawings being held twice a week, Powerball is played in 44 states plus Washington, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, all of which collectively oversee the game.

A $1 million ticket was sold at a Food Lion in Creedmoor, matching all five white balls. For the current jackpot, the cash prize would be $480 million.

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